Home invasion fails in spectacular fashion: Crook drops gun after getting shot, apparently by accomplice; victim in home picks it up, shoots the other crook dead

 A home invasion went way wrong for crooks who posed as cops at the front door of a residence in suburban Houston last week.

After breaking in, one of the bad guys dropped his gun after getting shot, apparently by his accomplice — and then one of the victims in the home picked up the gun and fatally shot the other intruder.

What are the details?

A mother and her two adult sons were inside the Katy home in the 3200 block of Windmoor Drive at the time of Thursday night's incident, KTRK-TV reported.

The victims told investigators that the suspects — identifying themselves as Houston police officers — were pounding on the door, the station said. The two sons added to KTRK that they were trying to fall asleep at the time.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told the station that two men dressed in body armor kicked down the front door of the home and for unknown reasons began shooting immediately once inside.

The sons, who had gotten up to see what was happening, confronted the intruders — and then the intruders began firing toward the sons, KTRK reported.

Gonzalez told the station one of the intruders may have inadvertently shot his own accomplice, who then dropped his gun and fled.

One of the sons said he grabbed the dropped pistol from the floor and started firing, fatally shooting the suspect who initially began shooting at them, KTRK reported.

The inadvertently shot suspect ran out of the house and took off with a getaway driver in a dark-colored car, Gonzalez told the station.

Deputies responded to the scene just before 11:30 p.m., KTRK said. They found a man in body armor dead in the home's entryway, KPRC-TV reported.

Deputies also checked the home for evidence, KTRK said.

Image source: KTRK-TV video screenshot

"There are some firearms," one sheriff's office official told the station. "There's ballistic evidence inside the house."

KHOU-TV said investigators worked the scene for nearly 11 hours and walked out of the home with at least two dozen evidence bags.

Neighbors added to KHOU that the family of three moved into the home about six months ago and are renting it. Neighbors also told KHOU that while they never saw anything overly suspicious, they have seen a lot of cars and people going in and out of the house.

Investigators added to KTRK that they're searching for the two suspects who got away and are working to determine the motive but believe the home invasion was targeted and not random.

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